Igor Stepanov

Igor Stepanov

Igor Stepanov is a Managing partner of the Law Firm "GRATA International Rostov-on-Don” and Head of Real Estate and Construction Practice, Environmental practice, Natural Resources Practice, Labour Practice, Intellectual property.

He has been practicing law since 1990.

He recommended himself as an authoritative expert in such areas as real estate transactions, investment in construction, litigation, arbitration disputes and public-private partnership (PPP). He has a rich positive management experience in the reorganisation (merger) of law firms.

Igor Stepanov has an extensive experience in legal support of investment projects in the sphere of construction and real estate, also in supporting for the construction of export terminals, structuring and preparation of transactions for the acquisition of real estate.

In the field of agriculture, Igor Stepanov has an experience in the reorganization and restructuring of agricultural enterprises, supporting the procedure for the purchase of land plots or municipal ownership, support of transactions for the acquisition, lease of agricultural land. He has experience in legal support of projects in the field of public-private partnership (PPP), as well as advising on environmental, sanitary, and environmental issues, subsoil use.


  • Real Estate. Land. Construction.
  • Dispute resolutions.
  • Intellectual property.
  • Labour Law.
  • Environmental Law.
  • Subsoil Use.

Industry Sectors:

  • Construction and Infrastructure, Law Firm, Natural Resources.


  • Chambers Europe, Leading individual (2014,2015,2016,2017).


  • Rostov State University.


  • Russian.

Membership in the following organisations:

  • The Committee on the investment activity of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rostov region.
  • Expert Board under the  Business Rights Commissioner in Rostov region.
  • Agency for Strategic Initiatives in Rostov region.
  • The Public Council at the Directorate of Federal registration service in Rostov region.
  • Arbitrator in  ICAC (International Commercial Arbitration Court) at Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Russian Federation.
  • Legal support of the international agricultural holding RZ AGRO in its investment activity on the territory of Russia (due diligence of agricultural enterprises before their purchase, support of the acquisition of the land shares, lease and allotment of land shares, etc.)
  • All-in-one legal support of Louis Dreyfus Company (international group Louis Dreyfus) for the purchase of the partially completed grain transshipment terminal in Azov district, Rostov region; further legal support of the company during the building and setting into operation of the export terminal.
  • Advocacy of one of the biggest in Europe cement producers – Turkish Company “Nuh Cimento Sanayi A. S.”- in a dispute with a member of the joint Russian enterprises in the implementation of the investment project on construction of the trade port and of the concrete plant.
  • Consultations for one of the biggest producers of plate glass in questions concerning the production activity on the territory of Russia.
  • Consulting of several Russian developers and multinational investors on the establishment of different kinds of commercial property and blocks of flats in Russia.
  • Consulting of a foreign bank on problems concerning the cancellation of a foreign legal body’s debt under the credit agreement due to the pledged property of a Russian mortgagor.
  • Consulting of the subsidiary company of a large American food corporation on issues related to the construction and operation of the grain terminal, the representation of this company in court to reduce the sum of rent arrears presented by the municipal authorities in the amount of about 200 000 000 RUR.
  • Remedy of a major supplier of agricultural machinery and equipment – settlement of the issue about   the payment of the debt for the supply of tractors in the amount of 30 million rubles.
  • Consulting on the implementation of one of the largest in the South of Russia projects in the field of Public-private partnership (PPP) in the city infrastructure.
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Kommersant 2022

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Leading Lawyer 2020

Dmitry Samigullin, Igor Stepanov

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Chambers & Partners, Ranked lawyer, Band 2, 2019

Igor Stepanov has extensive experience in handling real estate and construction disputes. He acts for contractors, land owners and residents forming class action suits. He is "very creative" and "very dedicated".


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GRATA International in the rating "Leaders of the Russian Legal Services Market 2024" by Kommersant publishing house

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The "Pravo-300" legal rating has released individual lawyer recommendations

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Igor Stepanov was awarded the Badge of Honor of the Pro Bono Publico International Award


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The Decree of the President of the Russian Federation No. 81 of March 1, 2022 came into force "On additional temporary economic measures to ensure the financial stability of the Russian Federation"

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Patent holders from non-friendly countries will not be compensated